Fewer members of the Harvard Crimson student newspaper are pursuing journalism careers. The good news, however, is that student interest in J-schools actually is on the rise.

Journalism is still an attractive option for students at other schools, enrollment figures show. Applications to the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism increased 44 percent this year, according to the school. At the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, applications surged 50 percent, said Stephen Shepard, the dean.


As we know all too well, the news about the journalism industry is bad. Layoffs. Closings. Decline in revenue.

But here’s some good news: According to one author, people who boast creative abilities, including designers and storytellers, are going to be in high demand as we usher in the “Conceptual Age.”

Daniel Pink, a former speech writer for Al Gore, writes in his book, “A Whole New Mind,” that left-brain professions, such as accounting, law and engineering, are increasingly being outsourced, while those with creative talents are becoming more valuable.

So here’s one more reason to believe our industry — one that’s made up of mostly creative types — is still incredibly viable.

The Center for the Digital Future released its annual internet survey and found large increases in use of online newspapers.

An excerpt from the article:

“For the first time in 60 years, newspapers are back in the breaking news business,” Cole said, “except now their delivery method is electronic and not paper. Since the beginning of radio, newspapers have not been able to compete with broadcasting for delivery of immediate news. But in a digital world, newspapers can compete at least as effectively for breaking news delivery with broadcast media. On the Web, newspapers are live, and they can supplement their coverage with audio, video, and the invaluable resources of their vast archives. And, they already have talented teams of reporters and editors who can deliver the news.

“The key to newspapers’ success,” he said, “will be making bold moves entirely into the digital realm, and building business models that allow them to thrive online.”

I haven’t mentioned one of the more exciting turn of events in our world of student journalism:

The Bison, Harding’s student newspaper, is now online.

Taylor Durham, an interactive media major, created the site. Thebisonnews.com is interactive, user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing. Kudos to the Bison staff for taking this important step. The innovation and flexibility of the Web, combined with the Bison’s efforts to produce good journalism, should make an excellent marriage.

Newspapers’ use of online audio and video is good for journalism — and it seems to be a moneymaker for the newspapers, according to a BBC correspondent.

I’m excited to see how Harding’s student-produced news Web sites will use these features in their storytelling ventures.

UCLA’s student newspaper, the Bruin, recently whored itself out in the name of advertising.

The day is coming (and may already be here) when journalists start selling their story ideas to the highest bidders. In other words, I, as a reporter, ask you, an insurance company executive, to pay me $1,500 to do an investigative piece on claims adjusters.

The ethical dilemmas just keep coming.

Maybe a good old-fashioned redesign will save newspapers from extinction. At this point, I guess any idea is worthy of consideration.